Friday, January 20, 2017

Kill The Lies

Isn’t it funny how when we hear something positive said
about ourselves we have a hard time accepting it graciously and we definitely do not put that comment on repeat in our minds as we go forward. Yet when it comes to a lie someone tells us about ourselves or, maybe more often the case, a lie we tell ourselves, it is easy to believe as truth and we put play it like a record on repeat in our minds (yes, I am that old).

The more we replay this lie in our minds, the stronger it becomes and the easier it is for us to believe it as truth. And these lies break us down little by little each time we give them thought. Every time we play that lie in our mind, it gets stronger in power and it makes us feel smaller. These lies are destructive and they keep us from being who we are meant to be. 

So just stop believing those lies that are hurting you. Simple.

Easier said than done. For most of us, these lies are not new and we’ve been repeating them for the majority of our lives. We have allowed them to become a part of who we believe we are. Removing these lies from our thought life is not an easy thing to do…but it is very possible. 

Are the lies you believe lies that you have told yourself or lies that other people have told you about yourself? Or maybe the lies you believe are a combination of the two. I know mine are. I think the lies we believe often start as something we heard from someone, somewhere and we build upon those lies and make them bigger and give them more value than they ever deserved. 

I wish I had some magic 1-2-3 step process for silencing these lies and banishing them from your memory forever but I do not. I believe, like many things in life, it is a process that we will go through during our journey here on this earth. We must become aware of the lies and recognize them as lies and then we must be committed to abolishing them from our minds. 

So how do we do that? Well, the best thing that I have learned to do is to replace those lies with the truth and repeat that truth so frequently to myself that it becomes a part of who I am and when the lies pop into my thoughts again it makes it easier for me to question them. What is the truth and how do we know? Well, the truth is in the Bible, the truth is God’s word and there is no shortage of His truth about you in the Word. 

Created by God:
I created you in my own image. Genesis 1:27
I knit you together in your mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

You are worthy: 
You are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew10:31

Child of God:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

A New Creation:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Saved by Grace:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

This isn’t even scratching the surface of the things that God’s word says about His children. There is no doubt in His Word how he feels about us, however, it is still unfathomable. As humans we don’t have the capacity to know that kind of love. I think the closest we can come to understanding it is in our parent-child relationships, but even STILL!!! Nothing we can do will change his love for us. Nothing we can do will make us less valuable. And that is the truth. No matter what lives you have believed up until now.

I don’t know if we’ll ever understand in this life how truly valuable we are but I do know that we can lose the lies if we absorb these truths. And there is so much freedom in the truth and such a weight lifted when we stop living in the lies and begin living in His light. 

When the lies overwhelm you, remember WHOSE you are and that you are invaluable. That is TRUTH. 

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